Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute—Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.
Cooke began working in energy policy in 2010. She is one of the few state-level, free market energy policy experts, and is famous for her provocative messaging like “Mothers In Love with Fracking” and “I’m an energy feminist because I’m pro-choice in energy sources,” which the eco-left called “hands down the worst kind of feminism.”
In December 2016, Cooke was honored to be the second person named to President Trump’s Transition Team for the Environmental Protection Agency. She is also a senior fellow with the influential Independent Women’s Forum, a free market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Cooke has authored and contributed to numerous opinion editorials, issue papers, and issue backgrounders and has been published in the Daily Caller, Townhall, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, The Hill, and Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on Fox News, NPR, MSN.com, Devil’s Advocate, Colorado Inside Out, and Power Hour.
In 2015, Cooke retired after ten years of hosting the award winning radio program, The Amy Oliver Show. She earned a Journalism degree in Magazine Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Northern Colorado.